UN humanitarian aid reaches besieged Syrian towns during short ceasefire
DAMASCUS: UN humanitarian aid convoys reached in five besieged towns of Syria during short ceasefire.
UN Envoy Staffan de Mistura claimed that “brave humanitarian workers” are able to deliver 100 truckloads and this is beginning of the end of Syrian civilians suffering.
The aid includes food, medical supplies and equipment, vaccines, water and sanitation items for almost 100,000 people.
UN claimed that more than 486,700 people are living in the 15 besieged areas and humanitarian aid delivery is essential for them.
UN also claimed that 4.6 million people are in hard to reach areas and severe malnutrition and starvation deaths have been reported in some areas.
The Syrian government allowed access to seven besieged areas after talks on Tuesday.
A meeting will be held in UN headquarters in Geneva to access humanitarian aid in further besieged areas with a focus on the locations referred by International Syria Support Group.
De Mistura said “It is the duty of the government of Syria to reach every Syrian person wherever they are and allow the UN to bring humanitarian aid.”
Russian Foreign Ministry claimed that air force is working with UN mission as part of Munich agreement to “provide airdrops of emergency food supplies and life-saving items to the besieged areas.”
Geneva peace talks are scheduled to resume on Feb.25 which were suspended earlier this month.
Estimated 260,000 people have been killed and half population of the country had left their homes in five years of Syrian civil war.